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President-elect Donald Trump has said recently that he no longer has substantive interest in appointing a special prosecutor to look into Hillary Clinton's alleged mishandling of classified information.

"I think it's the right thing--procedurally, not quite," syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer said of the decision on Special Report.

Krauthammer said Trump's statements are the "equivalent" of a president issuing a pardon.

The president's pardon power is meant to allow political expediency to trump justice, he said.

"Some things for the country are more important,"

Krauthammer compared the move to former President Gerald Ford pardoning Richard Milhous Nixon following Watergate:

"He might've been guilty, he never was tried-- so the country wouldn't have to suffer," he said, adding that Trump could have set a bad precedent by seeking to have his political opponent jailed.


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